A Waste-Free Oxfam Trailwalker 2019
Oxfam’s biggest annual global fundraiser was introduced in India in 2012. Saahas Zero Waste has been sustainably manage the waste at Oxfam Trailwalker for 3 years. HIGHLIGHTS: 2000 people across 100 kms 2.4 tonnes of waste handled sustainably 2.5 tonnes of GHG emissions averted 15 member team 48 hours
Oxfam’s biggest annual global fundraiser was introduced in India in 2012, in the city of Bengaluru. With a core ideology of fighting inequalities, Oxfam’s values align with our own. It is for this reason that we’ve been sustainably handling waste for this huge event for 3 years now.
In Bengaluru, the walkathon comprised a 100 km and 50 km stretch, took place over over 48 hours and was held during the 18th – 20th of January. It commenced in Nandi Hills, on the outskirts of Bengaluru and saw a total footfall of almost 2000 people comprising walkers, support staff, and volunteers.
There were a total of nine checkpoints at regular intervals across the stretch. At these checkpoints, participants could rest, receive medical treatment and was also were they could eat the meals.
It was also here that the dustbins were stationed, along with our team – 6 field staff, 3 supervisors, 6 members from management team.
The entire team remained on-site for the 48-hour event.
Oxfam provided us with dustbins and also communicated the waste management initiatives in place at the event to their entire crew. They moved away from plastic cutlery this year, as per the plastic ban instituted by the Government of Karnataka.
The big day!
Our 15-member team was divided into dynamic sub-teams, each manning 3 – 4 checkpoints at any given point of time. Operations were front-ended by the core team who liaised with the organisers and assisted participants in proper segregation of waste at all points of waste generation.
At the back-end, waste was segregated, packed and loaded onto our vehicles.
4 vehicles were deployed during various stages of the event to collect and transport waste to the SZW hubs. Wet, dry, reject and sanitary waste was collected by our team and transported to the right end destinations.
While wet waste was transported to a KSPCB-approved biogas plant for biomethanation, dry waste was sent to SZW’s Material Recovery Facility, where it was segregated into 14-17 different categories.
|Waste streams||Quantity of waste generated per day (in kg)|
|Non – recyclable / unrecoverable waste||880|